Omi Tahara ( Kanagawa / Japan, 1977 ) is a self-taught designer based in Milan.
Omi was impressed by the profundity of modern designs while completing his studies in civil engineering in Japan. Soon after, his own design work has been started. In 2002, he was awarded a special prize of French design magazine INTRAMUROS, then he moved to Milan in 2003 to collaborate with Milan based designer Kazuhiko Tomita who deeply related with Vico Magistretti, and Omi formed the basis of design abilities through this collaboration.
After Tomita, Omi collaborated with an Italian designer Francesco Rota in Milan. Omi had practical experiences of Italian design world through this collaboration. In 2011, he set up his own practice in Milan focusing on product design and creative direction for various clients.
His creation is focused on the shapes, materials, functionalities, eras, universalities, culture and more. The dialogue with the manufacturers is also important for his work. He received international design awards, including Red Dot Design award, iF design award and more.